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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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11 Dec 2017

Saudi Arabia lifts cinema ban, directors and movie chains rejoice

RIYADH Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas on Monday, prompting celebrations from film fans, directors and movie chains eyeing the last untapped mass market in the Middle East. | Video

09 Dec 2017

Gulf Cup to return to Kuwait after FIFA lift ban

RIYADH Qatar has agreed to transfer this month's Gulf Cup of Nations soccer tournament back to Kuwait after FIFA lifted a two-year ban on the country's football association, state news agency QNA reported on Saturday.

01 Dec 2017

Sale of the century? $300-billion Saudi state sell-off moves slowly

DUBAI/RIYADH Saudi Arabia's $300-billion privatization program was billed as the sale of the century when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled his plan to great fanfare. Nineteen months later, it is moving at a snail's pace, bankers, investors and analysts familiar with the process say.

20 Nov 2017

Saudi agency says country targeted in cyber spying campaign

LONDON/RIYADH Saudi Arabian security officials said on Monday that the country had been targeted as part of a wide-ranging cyber espionage campaign observed since February against five Middle East nations as well as several countries outside the region.

17 Nov 2017

Saudi Arabia swapping assets for freedom of some held in graft purge - sources

Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, sources familiar with the matter said. | Video

08 Nov 2017

Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests in anti-graft crackdown - sources

RIYADH Saudi Arabian authorities have made further arrests and frozen more bank accounts in an expanding anti-corruption crackdown on the kingdom's political and business elite, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday | Video

08 Nov 2017

Creditors of troubled Saudi Binladin receive loan payments- sources

DUBAI/RIYADH, Nov 8 Creditors of troubled construction heavyweight Saudi Binladin Group have received 1.85 billion riyals ($493 million) in loan payments related to Saudi Arabia's Grand Mosque project in Mecca, banking sources told Reuters.

08 Nov 2017

Saudi mass arrests jolt markets but many see overdue swoop on corruption

RIYADH All major Gulf stock markets slid on Tuesday on jitters about Saudi Arabia's sweeping anti-graft purge, a campaign seen by critics as a populist power grab but by ordinary Saudis as an overdue attack on the sleaze of a moneyed ultra-elite. | Video

07 Nov 2017

Saudi economy vulnerable as corruption probe hits business old guard

RIYADH Two weeks ago the glitzy Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh was the site of an international conference promoting Saudi Arabia as an investment destination, with over 3,000 officials and business leaders attending. | Video

07 Nov 2017

Saudi economy vulnerable as corruption probe hits business old guard

RIYADH Two weeks ago the glitzy Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh was the site of an international conference promoting Saudi Arabia as an investment destination, with over 3,000 officials and business leaders attending.

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